Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Joe Philbin: QB Matt Moore is ready
By James Walker
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The entire offseason the Miami Dolphins talked to and about every quarterback not named Matt Moore. Remember him? Moore was the guy who went 6-3 for the Dolphins in the final nine games last year.
Still, Miami tried to persuade Peyton Manning. It didn't work.
The Dolphins also hosted Matt Flynn for a visit. Flynn, instead, took more money to play with the Seattle Seahawks.
Not to mention Miami was in the early portion of the Robert Griffin III sweepstakes until the St. Louis Rams wanted too much for the No. 2 pick.
Finally, the Dolphins are back to Moore. Miami signed 34-year-old veteran quarterback David Garrard to compete with Moore this summer. But with Garrard out of football since 2010, Moore should be pegged as the early favorite.
"He and I had a great conversation last Thursday or Friday when the dust settled," Dolphins rookie head coach Joe Philbin said. "We talked and he sounds very excited and very optimistic. He's anxious and can't wait to compete for a job. We talked about how I envision that position moving forward, and he was all on board."
Moore showed good things last season. He displayed mobility, command of the huddle and an occasional deep ball.
But Moore isn't the precision, drop-back passer that is often needed in a West Coast offense. That is probably why Miami searched far and wide for a potential replacement.
"He's not necessarily a 'by the book' quarterback, but he was very productive," Philbin said. "He has good arm strength, and he kind of has that knack. He has the ability to move the team."
Philbin added that he was clear with Moore and Garrard that they will have an open competition. But if Moore plays like he did in the final two months of last season, he should win the job.